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Rollins College Soccer Goes for a National Championship

Rollins College (15-3-3) will play for the national championship–yes, you read correctly!–this Saturday at 3 p.m. against Northern Kentucky.

Photo from Rollins College.

The Tars mens soccer team will be seeking its first national title and the 23rd in Rollins history… so excited and ready to root the “other” home team on!  Fans will be able to watch all the action live on CBS College Sports and on NCAA.com at 3 p.m. The match will also be carried on the Tars flagship radio station, 91.5 FM WPRK.

GO TARS!

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Rollins College “Weighs in” on Hunger

Rollins College along with the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce and Winter Park community members collected 16,201 lbs of food for Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida. WOW! That is over 8 tons of food!

The food drive was part of Helping Hands Across America, which was a month-long food collection drive to help reduce hunger across Central Florida. The event has been a fixture at Rollins for several years.  Throughout the month, donations were collected on Rollins College campus, from Sodexo – the College’s food provider – and at the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce.

Kudos to the students, faculty, and staff, as well as the community of Winter Park for helping the food bank prepare for a never-ending busy season!

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Orville Schell: The Top 5 Concerns Central Florida Should Have about China

The Top 5 was very excited to be able to speak with Orville Schell, one of the country’s leading authorities on China. (You’ve seen him on 60 Minutes.)  Orville is coming to speak at Rollins College tomorrow night, Thursday, November 11.

Special note from the editor: Yes, I did a bit of reading to sound intelligent when speaking with Orville–I tried!– but he was kind enough to explain why relations with China matter to you and me as average Central Floridians.

And, after this conversation, I do realize how important his message is to all of us: from the products we buy and the jobs we may or may not have, to the money we can or can’t borrow from the bank to even preventing future apocalyptic wars. Pretty important stuff, no? Here’s what he had to say…

The Top 5 Concerns Central Florida Should Have about China

1)  Trade

Have you been to a Walmart recently? Come on, even if you haven’t surely you have seen these three words over and over: Made In China.

Confession: I heard about a local school who had a Veteran’s Day Assembly, where several worthy veterans were honored. The students proudly waved tiny American flags to show their patriotism. (The flags were flown on sticks that read “Made in China.” Ugh!)

2) Almost $2 trillion in Debt

Yep, China holds 20% of the U.S. government’s debt, and we seem headed towards going even deeper into their pockets.

Now, my hubby doesn’t let me handle our own bills, because I’m not much with economics, but even I can see the MAJOR problems with this much foreign ownership. It seems to put us in a rather poor negotiating stance, doesn’t it?

3) Climate Change

Although my older brother used to tell me that I could only get to China by digging a hole through the middle of the Earth, the world is apparently much, much smaller than he thought.  If ash from an Indonesian volcano can drift across the Pacific to pollute the western coast of America, then certainly the coal China and America burn affects each other.  We pollute the same air, melt the same glaciers, and destroy the same environment. Think about this: even if all of America switched to electric cars, there would still be 27 million cars in China to deal with!

“China is the fastest-growing contributor of global warming emissions,” says Douglas Ogden, director of the China Sustainable Energy Program, “with its carbon dioxide output on track to surpass that of the U.S. by 2025.”

So the lesson in all this? America must be on good terms with China to be able to work together to reduce the carbon emissions and slow the effects of global warming. Yeah, our very survival as a race depends upon this!

4) Nuclear Weapons

Okay, just Orville saying those two words kind of freaks me out!

There are a lot of countries that have (or soon may have) nuclear weapons, and North Korea and Iran are two that are not so friendly to the United States and our policies.  China, however, seems to have a much better working relationship with these two countries, and so it is imperative we learn to cooperate with China to reduce any and all nuclear threats. (That or we need to dig more fall out shelters here in Florida!)

5) Global Financial System

Here in Central Florida we have all felt the effects of the slow economy. Thousands of jobs lost, hundreds of stores closed, and far too many people out of their homes.  And in a global market dominated by both the U.S. and China, we will need to work together not only to keep the system from breaking down altogether, but to also figure out how to rebuild it.

As Orville pointed out, “We are joined at the hip with China whether we like it or not. It is an illusion to think we can separate ourselves.”

Baby Steps

Of course, the teacher in me asked Orville whether he thought today’s schools were preparing tomorrow’s generation to deal with this massive gorilla on our back (metaphorically speaking, of course), and he said no.  He pointed out that schools are not teaching students the history, culture, language, or politics to be able to deal with China. So, I would like to give some kudos to Lake Highland Preparatory School for offering Mandarin Chinese as one of their foreign languages options. At least it’s a start!

I would also like to congratulate the Central Florida city of Tavares, whose mayor Robert Wolfe is currently on a trip to Taiwan to explore a sister-city relationship. By taking the initiative, perhaps we Central Floridians can have a greater influence on international relations than we realize, and this can only be for the good of all!

Go Hear Orville Schell in Person: 2 Chances

Tomorrow night at Rollins College, Bush Auditorium, 7 pm:
Climate Change and the Melting Glaciers of the Himalayas: Why it Matters

Friday morning at Rollins College, Bush Auditorium, 9 am:
What’s Happening in China and Why It Matters: Q & A with Orville Schell

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Rollins College: Founder’s Day is Here!

Long before Disney, Sea World, and certainly Universal Studios were a dream in someone’s head; way before I-4 or the Bank of America Building had been planned on paper, even before the Lake Eola Fountain was a wisp of an ideaRollins College was founded, 125 years ago today!

Founded in 1885, Rollins College opened its doors for the very first classes on November 4.  With just 66 students that first year, Rollins became known for its beautiful Florida landscape, including Lake Virginia, and top-rated faculty.

 

Old Knowles Hall, one of the earliest buildings at Rollins College.

 

With just under 3,000 students today, the college is consistently ranked as #1 in the South of “America’s Best Colleges.”  Rollins is celebrating 125 years with a very special line up of speakers, including Robert F. Kennedy tonight at 6 pm.

And, for those with some social media savvy, check out Jason Sadler from iwearyourshirt.com honoring Rollins today by wearing their shirt! (Yeah, we think that’s pretty cool!)

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Top 5 “Literary” Events in November

1. Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.

November 4 at Rollins College
One of Time Magazine’s “Heroes for the Planet,” Kennedy will discuss “Green Gold Rush: A Vision for Energy Independence, Jobs and National Wealth.” Sounds like an important discussion to us!

Yes, he’s one of the Kennedys and, yes, he’s pretty passionate about doing good in the world. This is a must-see ticket!

2. James Robert Smith: The Flock

November 14 at Barnes and Noble, Colonial
Author of more than 60 short stories, comic strips published by Marvel, and is the co-editor of Evermore, The Flock is his first novel…sounds fascinating!

So, if you need a little escape from reality, a little action and adventure, perhaps The Flock and its author are just what you need!

3. Anthony Flint

November 3 at Rollins College
Calling all builders and planners: Flint will discuss the story of his book Wrestling with Moses: How Jane Jacobs Took on New York’s Master Builder and Transformed the American City holds lessons for the 21st Century City.

Don’t believe in the power of the “little guy” anymore? Well, hear about how a common housewife took on the Yale-educated and Oxford Phd power elite to help shape the New York City we know and love today.

4. Orville Schell: Climate Change and the Melting Glaciers of Himalayas – Why It Matters

November 11 at Rollins College
Schell is a journalist who specializes in US-China relations and has been a contributor on PBS, NBC, CBS, and had a 60 Minutes program win an Emmy. He will shed light on how the other side of the world (and the top of the world) can have far-reaching consequences.

Schell will also hold a second lecture at Rollins College on November 12 entitled: What’s Happening in China and Why It Matters: Q & A with Orville Schell

5. Timothy Michael Carson: When the Truth Lies

November 11 at Barnes and Noble, Colonial
Come out to support Orlando resident and author in his debut novel!

From the book’s description: “When the Truth Lies is an intricate urban tale of love lost and found through the intertwining lives of four engaging characters all in pursuit of love, happiness and success.”

Now how’s that for a debut novel!?

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Rollins College makes the SAT optional!

With so much emphasis placed on standardized testing lately with the “No Child Left Behind” policy, it is rather refreshing to see a swing back towards a more well-rounded student. Rollins College, celebrating its 125th anniversary this year, is doing just that by allowing admissions based on a student’s portfolio, which highlights their strengths, rather than just  single test.

Colleges who have taken the same route have reported higher admission applications and feel they are getting a broader base of students bringing a variety of talents to school.

Of course, students who are athletic-based or merit-based scholars still must qualify using the traditional SAT/ACT/GPA manner, but other students may gain access to a college education by presenting themselves in the best light.

So, to my fellow writers out there, who are like me and find math to be a terrible nemesis, rejoice in the positive direction that Rollins is headed!

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Introducing our newest sponsor!

The Top 5 is so excited to announce our later sponsor: Ms. Holiday Shakespeare!

Have you heard about her yet? She’s our latest obssession!  (Check out her fabulous teaser here!)

She’s a freshman at Rollins College and is blogging about her time there…and so we get to follow her adventures at a beautiful school in a city we know very well. How fun to see what she will discover, where she’ll visit, and who she’ll meet! 

Her blog, entitled “Beware the Ex Varto” certainly implies theres more to her story than just a simple “Heading off to school for the first time.” It definitely has our curiosity peaked…and what’s more, her first video in her Vlog is definitely a  total tease! 

So, please show our sponsor Ms. Shakespeare some love and check her out her blog. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, and FourSquare, too! Whatever else happens, we’re sure Holiday Shakespeare is going to take us on one wild ride this school year! Won’t you join the fun?

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